Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Recovering from Psychiatric colonialism

As seen here, with an online audio of an extended interview

When it comes right down to it, the Jamaican psychiatrist doesn't like too much about psychiatry as it is practised in the West. As far as he is concerned, the psychiatric textbooks were written by colonizers. And he goes even further, arguing that the mental illnesses those texbooks define have nothing to do with the reality of a black person's life. In fact, he says, those so-called illnesses are just an extension of colonial control. In short, Dr. Hickling doesn't think psychiatry, as it is traditionally practiced, works for black people.

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